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i'm dan harris. tonight on "world news" -- the monster storm taking aim at bermuda tonight. hurricane igor is so big it's creating dangerous rip currents from florida to cape cod. sunday prayers. the first family makes a rare visit to church. is there a political message here? lost and found. 13 members of a cultlike church trigger a frantic search when they disappear. the youngest victim, the taliban attacked voters in afghanistan and children pay the price. and lights out for the last american factory making one of this country's greatest inventions, the ordinary incan decemb
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decemberine lightbulb. good e good evening. the airport is closed. the windows are closed. the sandbags are filled. and tonight, 60,000 people on bermuda are braesing for hurricane oi go. to's heading right for tiny bermuda. there have been stronger storms but what makes igor stand out. is its size. a huge pinwheel of furry that's expected to pound bermuda for hours. our david kerley is there tonight. >> reporter: the full strength of igor is just starting to reach bermuda. igor has been downgraded to a category 1. even the leading edge of igor is powerful. reaching out 100 miles from its center. maybe igor may be a category 1
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as it hits bermuda, it's a chevy storm. 14 hours of this relentless rav averaging of the coastline. and this is why. igor is huge. and its strongest part, the northeast corner known as the dirty side is rolling right over the island. while it may be a category 1 it is a direct hit. >> rarely face the full fury of a strong of this magnitude. >> reporter: even with the downgrading of the storm, it's not enough to calm the worries for those who ventured out to take a picture. >> you don't know what to expect. >> it's going to do some damage. >> reporter: shops and businesses on this 21-square-mile rocky island are bordered up and sandbagged.
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and hundreds of rez tents aren't taking any chances. >> the piano player. i just heard a martini being shake in the background. so far, no word of any fatalities. most people have hunkered down. we have a couple of hours of daylight left. dan? >> david kerley in bermuda tonight. be careful igor is being felt here in the country. kicking off what the national hurricane center calls life-threatening rip currents from florida up to cape cod. tropical storm julia is weakening east of bermuda. and a disturbance off the coast of africa, is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm. the gulf of mexico, bp's blown-out well, is now officially no longer a threat. the government's pointman in this crisis, thad allen declared
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that the well is quote, effectively dead. a cement plug will hold. now the politics. and today, religion seeping into the campaign discussion with president obama getting some attention for making a rare trip to church and some old comments about witchcraft surfacing from christine o'donnell. >> reporter: for any other president it's remarkable scene. to st. john's church for president obama it's national news. he hasn't been to church in washington since easter. 1 inform 5 americans think wrongly that he's muslim. for republicans the problem isn't too little excitement. out's too much. that excitement is being generated by the tea party. which is knocking out established republican
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candidates and giving democrats a chance at races that many had written off. christine o'donnell took down a republican goliath. mike castle. he she was supposed to appear on two morning shows this morning. but she canceled. some established republicans are waging open warfare. >> you can't ignore it. serious questions have been raised about her background and previous action. >> reporter: later did she respond. telling a gop picnic, how many of you didn't hang out with questionable folks in high school? senator lisa murkowski lost the nomination to a tea party candidate. >> you had the tea party express, this california-based group come in at the last minute
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in a campaign. run a mud-slinging smear. >> reporter: in a year where polls predicted losses in the party, see new hope. we're going the turn to our senior washington editor rick kline, now that the primaries are over and we're into the general election the question is, whether the tea party is good for the republican party or bad? >> dan, at this stage, it's not clear whether the tea party is going to wind up costing the republicans more seats than it delivered. they have wreaked havoc for the republicans in so many states. seven states tea partiers have won nominations over the establishment cases. florida and now alaska, thi third-party bid to try to win
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these contests to split the vote and end up costing the republicans something. >> let me ask you about president obama today, he's made clear time and again that he's a believing christian, i wonder though on the margins that it's possible there wasn't some political calculation to his decision to attend church so publicly today if. >> the white house is very aware that people think wrongly that he's muslim today. so, whatever president's motivations are, clearly the white house would love anything -- at the margins would help influence perceptions around this. and bring people back on the truth. >> thank you. now to that american hienger who was released today after 14 months in an iranian. he returned home today to america after 14 months in an iranian. sarah shourd may be free. but she doesn't seem all that free to talk. two americans are still in iran tonight. here's jim sciutto.
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>> reporter: on her first day home on american soil in more than a year, sarah shourd expressed happiness for her own freedom but sadness for her friends left behind. >> my disapointment not being able to share with this josh and shane crushing. >> reporter: her very first words were directed at iranian leaders thanking them for their release. but pleading that they were innocent of allegations that they entered the country illegally. >> if we near the iran-iraq border, that border was unmarked. >> reporter: she exchanged emotional hugs with family members. >> well, you know, some of the things that i started to learn, how difficult it is emotionally and psychologically to not know their status. to be told that they're going
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court and not go to court. >> reporter: pressed on the hikers case by abc this weekend, iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad asked for eight iranians be released. >> are saying you're holding the two americans as hostages for the release of iranians here? >> translator: no. but how would you know that those iranians are criminals? are you a judge? >> reporter: some good news today, she was released for a canc cancer scare. she was examined today and she w is in good health. early on, she made a point of saying that her release should be resip row kated, recognized by the american government. on the other happened, she
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pleaded her case very passionately. i asked the mothers if they're going to be tough on mahmoud ahmadinejad said that they are going to speak directly. in afghanistan, a top u.n. official said it was a miracle that elections was held in that country this weekend. he said that it's too early to call the voting success. 4,000 complaints of irregularities and fraud have to be checked out. turnout was much smaller during the presidential election. one reason for the low turnout, taliban attacks. at least 17 people were killed and children were not spared. mike boettcher in afghan star. >> no one knew his name or age.
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in a spasm of violence meant to disrupt balloting, boy's wounds were less serious. he was in shock and also in need of immediate help. 08 miles away, steve townsend listened as insurgent attacks poured in. he set out to see for himself. in the village, only 60 people had voted. a taliban threat had scared them away said one villager. >> there is a taliban present in this area. they will cut our fingers. >> reporter: another elder has his own explanation. people did not support this new government. townsend emphatically disagreed. >> look at my eyes right now,
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and you know i'm telling the truth. >> reporter: a truth lived by two young boys and the american and the medics fighting to save them. and coming up here on "world news" this sunday -- the frantic search for 13 members of a cultlike church, including eight children. they left notes saying they were off to see jesus and their dead relatives in heaven. deepak chopra has a new novel about the prophet muhammad. ♪ [ male announcer ] at ge capital, we're out there every day with clients like jetblue -- financing their fleet, sharing our expertise, and working with people who are changing the face of business in america. after 25 years in the aviation business,
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th there are some serious questions tonight for a woman who led 12 members of a cultlike religious group including eight children on a mysterious journey this weekend in california. she left behind letters that made relatives think that members of the group might have killed themselves in some sort of suicide pact. mike von fremd has that story from palmdale, california. >> reporter: 307 deputies some on horseback were searching southern california. fearing that the group may have been planning to take their own lives, when they were found praying in a park, there was a joyous moment of relief. >> we just found them.
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alive and well. they are at a park here in the antelope valley. >> reporter: the leader left behind a purse containing letters that the group was going to meet jesus. the adults left personal belongings including deeds to house. >> they said good-bye to their living relatives. they indicated that they were going to the next life if you will. and that's essentially, i'm not quoting exactly, that's essentially what they said. >> reporter: that immediately brought back the cult near rancho santa fe, when 39 people took their own lives. but today, california police were relieved to find all 13 members of this group praying in a public park. >> and they are alive and well.
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i was just who givesen that update. that's the best news of the day. >> reporter: adult members of the group insist they were never missing. >> we're okay. don't you see me? i'm okay. everybody's okay. i don't want to interrupt -- >> reporter: officials say that the group broke no laws. but the leader is undergoing psychological evaluation. dan? >> mike von fremd in california, tonight, thank you. and when we come back -- one of the world's most famous self-help guru has a new novel about the prophet muhammad. desperate for nighttime heartburn relief? for many, nexium helps relieve heartburn symptoms
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. self-help guru deepak chopra this week he's got a new book coming out that plays into the raging debate in this country, islam. even the cover of the book simply entimesed "muhammad" is making people nervous. >> we got a call from barnes and noble to say it would be reconsidered the cover.
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>> reporter: they have good reasons for concerns. what's inside chopra's book could incite anger. he tells the story of muhammad, that spreads the faith not only through inspiration but also through warfare. what are your feelings about him? >> he strikes me as the most like us. we'll full of contradictions. >> reporter: he writes that this messenger of god married a 6-year-old old and consummated the marriage when she was 9. some scholars disagree with that characterization. he has publicly suggested that the holy koran might have been written by jews. assigned the task of following the prophet around. can you talk about it.
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>> it's one of few imagined characters in the book. >> reporter: did you mean to intimate that jews could have had a hand in writing the koran? >> i have wondered about that. >> reporter: but it is provocative. >> yeah, i have been careful not to say it in my book. >> reporter: you as a nonbeliever, are you worried that people who are devout believers will be anger with you? >> i wrote the book after a lot of thought. i wrote the book with deep respect for my muslim friends. >> reporter: are you concerned that somebody could issue a -- could call for you to be assassination? >> my kids are concerned. if that happens, i'll deal with it. i'll apologize to those who are offended.
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finally tonight, the end of an american icon. this week ge will produce its very last incandescent lightb b lightbulb. how do you top it? here's jeremy hubbard. >> reporter: the bright idea that illuminated the world is reaching a less than dmroeg end. this week, ge is shuttering this plant in winchester, virginia, its last u.s. factory producing plain incandescent lightbulbs. forcing millions to switch to compact fluorescents. most of which are made overseas.
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>> this is edison's private experimental room at the laboratory. he was working on ways improving the electrical lamp. >> reporter: the great inventor would be torn about the change. >> on the one hand, he would have been disappointed. on the other hand, edison was somebody who was looking forward. one thing that he was very interested in, was there more efficient ways to generate electricity? he would have seen that as the future. >> reporter: the incandescent, nor tors you for getting by on few hours sleep, he wanted to transformed the world into a 24-hour culture by lighting up the night. >> the light bulb going off over your head, that's representing edison and his accomplishment. >> reporter: but it's e inefficient.
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they use 75% less energy. even those could be soon obsolete. but these don't need a standard fixture. imagine your entire wall as a light source. it is the mood lighting of tomorrow. and maybe one day with all of that technology, they can replicate nostalgic warm glow of those old bulbs that we grew up. that's "world news" for this sunday. i'm dan harris. diane sawyer is back here for tomorrow night. for all of us at abc news, thanks for watching and good night. .
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ABC World News Sunday
ABC September 19, 2010 6:00pm-6:30pm EDT

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